Dr. Roberta Goldberg

Professor Emerita of Sociology

Phone: 202-884-


  • B.A., Sociology, American Unversity
  • M.A., Sociology, American University
  • Ph.D., Sociology, American University


  • Media and society
  • Families and adoption

Select Works Published

  • The Intersection of Private and Pulbic Experience Among Families Adopting Romanian Children
    , Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Vol. 11, 2005
  • The Social Construction of Adoptive Families: a Follow-up Study on Adopting Romanian Children
    , International Review of Sociology, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2001


As a sociologist it is important to demonstrate the relevance of one's place in society. A theme in all my teaching is to help students develop a "sociological imagination" which enables them to understand their personal experiences in a social context. I also want them to learn more about the types of problems they will face as they experience life in the 21st Century. To that end, I introduce students to ways of critically thinking about the world around them. I continually revise my courses and introduce new ones, and I help students explore social dynamics using a variety of media.